To tip or not to tip: that is the holiday question
(BPT) - When the holiday season arrives, so too does the enigma of holiday tipping. What's supposed to be a sign of gratitude for great service, can quickly turn into stress as you try to decide if and how much you should tip the handyman, mail carrier, babysitter and many more. Lizzie Post, co-author of 'Emily Post's Et...
Protect your new purchases over the holiday season
(BPT) - Let the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season begin. Sales in November and December are expected to increase 3.9 percent over last year to $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. However, with holiday purchases comes the risk of theft. From 2012 to 2013, consumers reported 10,755 t...
'Tis the season for online shopping traps
(BPT) - It doesn't matter if it's the day after Thanksgiving or the night before Christmas, cybercriminals don't take a holiday. "People are spending with reckless abandon this time of year," says Christopher Elliott, consumer advocate and author of "Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles and Shady Deals." To avoid falling victim to these creative crooks, financial services company USAA advises consumers to watch out for these five common cyber...
Check your tax forms for errors and avoid fines for 2013
(BPT) - Tax season will be here before you know it and businesses everywhere want to handle their reporting quickly, efficiently and on time in order to avoid the penalties and fines associated with missed deadlines. In recent years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased its penalties for misfiled or late tax ...
Is your coin jar jingling? [Infographic]
As the holiday shopping season draws near, a new survey from Coinstar , a leader in money services, found that Americans may have more money than they think stashed in piggy banks or junk drawers and weighing down purses or backpacks. Survey respondents estimate that they have a little more than $26 in spare change, but according to Coinstar's nationwide kiosk data, the average amount that customers convert to a no-fee eCertificate and/or gift card when they cash in their coins is $56 - more ...
Warm up to budget-friendly winter travel in Europe
(BPT) - Traveling Europe may seem like a distant dream; tourists inundate cities during peak season, driving prices up. But your European dreams are attainable - if you travel during winter months. Europe can be much more affordable in winter and the quiet cities offer a more intimate and authentic experience. During the...